Australian citizenship is an important common bond for all Australians (whether Australian by birth or by choice) and lies at the heart of a unified, cohesive and inclusive Australia.

How do I apply to become an Australian citizen?

You must apply through the Department of Home Affairs.  The Department assesses all applications and forwards the names of successful applicants to the Council.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Corangamite Shire Council holds citizenship ceremonies throughout the year on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.  The Mayor confers citizenship on successful applicants during the ceremony, which is held in accordance with the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.

The citizenship ceremony is the final legal step in becoming an Australian citizen.  Council will contact approved applicants to confirm arrangements for their ceremony.  Information about what to expect during a ceremony is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.  The Corangamite Shire dress code for ceremonies is smart casual (as a minimum standard) to reflect the significance of the occasion.  National or cultural attire is welcome.

Where can I find more information about citizenship?

You can ring the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881 or visit their citizenship website.